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Harvard Program Scholarship for El Cerrito Official

El Cerrito's assistant city manager, Karen Pinkos, has been awarded a scholarship for a three-week intensive summer program at Harvard for senior local and state officials.

Karen Pinkos, the assistant city manager for El Cerrito, has been selected to receive a special scholarship for a summer training program at Harvard University for local and state government executives.

The Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government is a "three-week, intensive program that provides a balance of traditional and hands-on learning experiences to help seasoned public officials from across the nation meet the changing needs of their constituents and communities," the city said in a news release.

Pinkos was selected from among 35 applicants for the The Ferguson Group scholarship by the  International City/County Management Association (ICMA). She is the second winner of the honor, which was initiated last year.

The city release offered the following description of the program:

"The program enables participants to become more effective public managers by challenging assumptions about how to exercise leadership in the public sector, developing new conceptual frameworks for addressing policy issues, examining innovative partnerships and new models of collaborative governance, exploring the relationship between citizens and their government, understanding the behavioral dimensions of decision-making, and exchanging ideas with experienced faculty and a diverse group of colleagues."

Pinkos said in a statement that she is "extremely honored" to be given the "extraordinary professional and personal opportunity."

“I am thrilled to represent the City of El Cerrito and ICMA at this prestigious program," she said. "The Harvard Kennedy School Program will provide me with a unique learning experience to challenge my thinking, values, and skills, and I look forward to applying what I’ve learned to better serve the community of El Cerrito and the local government management profession.”

Pinkos has worked for the city since 2001. She is a past vice president of the ICMA Executive Board and is currently an at-large member of the Cal-ICMA Board, the state affiliate of ICMA. She is also a recipient of the Wes McClure Outstanding Assistant Award from the Municipal Management Association of Northern California.

Larry Craighill February 29, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Yet another reason to be proud to call El Cerrito home.
mr. potato head February 29, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Gooooooooooo El Cerrito! Congratulations Karen. I hope you bring some good ideas and implement them in El Cerrito.
Ron Egherman February 29, 2012 at 06:41 PM
For over 20 years I have had the pleasure of working voluntarily with staff and elected officilas in El Cerrito, and have found them all to be extraordinary in their qualities and dedication to the city. Thus, the scholarship awarded to Ms. Pinkos is both not surprising as well as heartening, as she is very deserving and will bring back to El Cerrito important insights. Karen is yet another shining star in our government’s galaxy of fine civil servants!
Debbie Weeks March 07, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Way to go Karen!!! You make El Cerrito proud.

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